>> this is al jazeera america live from new york city. i'm tony harris taking a look at today's top stories. chris christie state of the state address begins with an apology. the new jersey governor admitting mistakes were made. and a violent shooting by a student at a middle school in new mexico critically injured two children. the latest on these developing stories.
>> the vote is widely seen as a referendum to ousted president morsi. the constitution would solidify government control. right now the control of 15 to 40% of egypt's economy. egypt has been an important u.s. ally in the middle east. but the u.s. cut aid out of morsi oust her. we have more on the vote. >> egyptians certainly are getting used to having to vote. this is the third time they've been asked to approve the constitution in three years. this didn't deter them. they turned out in voting stations around the country. >> it's it step forward and improvement over the last constitution. so i hope that we'll get a resounding yes vote. >> voting in cairo, it's the first real step on military's
backed government. a yes vote will allow it to stop work on organizing parliamentary and presidential elections. >> we have concerns about the environment of not allowing anyone to promote the no vote and yes vote. >> thethese are some of the proposed ref republican referen. the military will be able to try civilians in certain cases and it's unclear how this will be enforced. despite this the ultra religious party is supporting the referendum. >> moving away from the constitutional amendments would lead to chaos. these are all factors that effected the parties' position. we can confirm not only are we saying yes but we hope that all egyptian also also vote yes.
>> reporter: in other cities instead of voting people demonstrated. from alexandria to the south. many opposed the coup which got rid of the former president mohamed morsi. >> you can never participate and give legitimacy to a regime that fools the people. it's neither democratic nor civil. >> thin the courthouse engagemet no one was injured. egyptians will have another chance to vote on wednesday. whether they support the constitution or not the one thing that people want is stability, it's just taking a long time to get it. >> that was nicole johnston. reporting. we'll go to an associate professor at texas a&m school of law. she joins us from fort worth,
texas. good to see you again. this new constitution that egyptians are voting on, is this a step forward or a step back. >> i think it depends on who you speak to. this is a very divided country right now. i think the problem is that you have a climate of oppression, and you may have a legitimate procedural problem with this constitution, the same as last year's constitution, which is the committee that drafted it was predominanted by one ideology. last year it was the muslim brotherhood, and this year years the secular groups. it will be interesting to see if this constitution is going to be legitimate over the long run. >> that's interesting. you believe this is a process that is benefiting the secular
liberal groups s that how you see this? >> i think that the majority of individuals who were in the community of 50 were not really--with the exception who made the deal with the military--were not what you would call political islamic, and certainly were not muslim brotherhood. the problem is that the muslim brotherhood in these political groups compose best case scenario 20%, maybe 25% of the population. that is a significant amount of people that have been excluded from the process. in addition you've seen political opposite progression, secular youth groups, the military trials of civilians, and the starters of the januar january 25th revolution. that is not the ideal climate to be having such a vote.
>> i've talked to secularists from egypt who look at this as the military consolidating power pure and simple, more of a power grab. >> that's why i say under the watchful eye of the military. but if you look at who was on the committee, if you want to use a broad brush it was secular liberal groups with some youth members. >> i don't want to get bogged down on this because i have some points i want to get to. what about some of the changes in this constitution. i want to know what you think about some of the changes. the president being voted on right now can dissolve the parliament, what do you think about that? >> that is something that has been a tool that was used in the past. he have doesn't have as much control this time around. but the general interpretation is that it has less power for
the president, but still enough that he may be able to continue the dominant of the executive branch. the military is almost untouchable in terms of their power which create different problems. >> let's go thi there now. as we're reading the constitution, it sets it's own budget. it gets to try civilians accused of attacking the military, and keep all of its business interests. this is a military government now, and it will be a military government in the future, am i wrong? >> right now it's a difference between perception and reality. what is facially apparent and what is, in fact, happening behind the scenes. we certainly have a civilian interim government. the question is how much power does that civilian interim
government have, and in the future with presumably general al sisi, it looks like he's going to run, and he will win. you won't have a facially military government. who holds the power in egypt? it's always been the military, and it will probably continue to be. >> the propertiers of mohammed morsi are boycotting this vote. is that wise? >> at this point they have no other choice because most of them are in jail. i think they were in the same position as last year when they had been excluded evaluating the legitimacy problem. i can't imagine how people who have been put in jail, whomever they may be, are going to give their stamp of approval on a document that they had nothingly-- >> what about a stamp of disapproval?
>> excuse me? >> what about the stamp of disapproval? >> well, i think like in any political process there are always groups that think that by participating they're legitimatizing. those who oppose the process are going to try to attack it's legitimacy by a low turnout. that's what the military and many of those who support the constitution are going to be relying on, is a high turnout. >> a pleasure, pleasure talking to, sahar aziz, professor of law at texas a&m. thank you. social media made a huge role in fueling the revolution in egypt that led to hosni mubarak being ousted as president. and we're following the developments on the social platforms during this vote. what are you seeing? >> we're seeing a lot of pictures tweeted out of the long lines this morning. you see this line here, and
lines down the streets. it says pyramid street one of the main arteries going into kay row was closed down because of lines of people voting. it's a pamphlet that was handed out to voters outside of the voting station. >> we also have this, a religious leader, showing that he voted in the referendum. you have this image the handshake earlier this morning. and you have this image, and it's an explosion at a courthouse. this is where a polling station was going to take place near cairo. and you have this image that was tweeted out as well. greg said broken glass at a cafe
blew out windows and a few neighboring buildings. while of course you got many people who supported this referendum like this gentleman is saying, yes to the constitution. you also have people who are boycotting it, and this is a support of people of the muslim brotherhood outs of a polling station, and they're boycotting this referendum as well. >> this goes on until 8:00 a.m. >> yes. >> thank you. al jazeera is covering the egyptian referendum outside of the country. that is because authorities are detaining several of our colleagues. mohamed fahmy and bader mohammed, and reporter peter greste, al jazeera says allegations are false. two others are being held.
crisis in south sudan, 200 drowned when a ferry capsized on the nile river. they were on a packed boat trying to escape clashes in a northern town. the conflict in south sudan began last month after president kiir accused his vice president riek machar of attempted coup. governor christie apologized again. >> last week i tested this administration. mistakes were clearly made. as a result we let down the people who we're entrusted to serve. i know our citizens deserve better, much better. >> john terret is live for us
>> yes, all right, john terret for news trenton, new jersey. oklahoma's ban on marriage between same-sex couples is unconstitutional. that's according to a judge. the judge issued a stay on his decision based on the situation in utah. the same-sex couples in oklahoma l not be allowed to get married. two students are in the hospital right now after a 12-year-old class a mate shot and injured them in the school gym this morning. it happened in new mexico as students were gathering for class. the police have the suspect in custody. let's get to roxana, she's following this story for us. >> reporter: tony, new mexico officials have a announced the
shooter was a seventh grade student. he walked into the school gym carrying a shotgun in a school bag. he open fired on classmates seriously injured two of them. the 12-year-old boy is in critical condition and a 13-year-old girl is listed as serious. the governor said a school staff member helped stop the incident. >> the shooter was stopped by one staff member who walked right up to him and asked him to set down the firearm, which he did. he was also assisted by a state lieutenant, state police lieutenant who was dropping off his own child. >> the police don't know yet what the suspect's motive was. vigils are supposed to be held tonight in support of the two hurt and their families. >> thank you. the nfl was getting ready to pay off hundreds of millions of dollars to former players with
>> a settlement by the nfl over concussions suffered by former players. michael, i got to tell you, when this news broke you--you were right here, you said to me, this might not stand up. >> it seemed a little low considering how many players were involved. although it was the largest settlement in history and it is definitely a substantial amount of money. but once you start digging deeper into the money the money these players would receive may not be substantial considering their ailment. the largest payout was $5 million for those who suffer
als, commonly known as lou gehrig's deed. if a player died, his family would be available up to $3 million. a diagnosis for any of these conditions must be made before the age of 45 in order for the player to receive the maximum amount. only a handful of players would qualify. that money is expected to potentially cover more than 20,000 former players in the next 56 years. that's part of the reason why the u.s. district judge rejected it today saying in part, quote, i'm primarily concerned that not all retired nfl players who ultimately receive a qualifying diagnosis or their families will be paid end quote. judge brody's ruling means both parties must file documentations supporting how their agreement of $657 million will cover, which started more than 19
months ago when 2,000 former players filed a class action lawsuit. the group of plaintiffs will continue to grow, reaching 7500 former players. in august 29, 2014, the players reach that landmark of $765 million settlement, and then no player would receive more than $5 million, and it will be dependent upon their age and time of diagnosis, and that for a lot of plaintiffs tony was an issue in terms of how much they were going to get paid for ailments, and that was seemingly an issue for judge brody in this case. >> plenty more to come on this case. >> without documentation. there is another ruling and they're on the road to a trial or going back to negotiations for a larger settlement. we have more at 8:00.
>> thank you. >> when it comes to the detroit auto show the big news isn't always about sales figures and new models. real money's ali velshi is there were. what is catching your eye there? >> reporter: technology, tony, not the technology used to make cars, the technology under the hood, but the stuff that connects you to these things, your phone. a couple of things. i put on a pair of google glasses today and went over to hyundai where they have a genesis, a luxury car, and it's going to figure out that hay, you got a 7:00 appointment, and without you being anywhere near the car it reads this from the phone. and the google glasses tell you that you have a 7:00 appointment. the traffic is heavy, it's 6:45 you should leave, and it's cold out, the car starts without
you being near the car. and an impala, you'll be able to have all sorts of apps, including one that will tell you anything that is right or wrong with your car. if you want to it will set up an appointment for a servicing right there. so this useable technology. >> are you kidding? why don't i just sit in the car and allow it to drive me where i want to go. >> reporter: and nissan said by twenty20 that's exactly what is going to happen, kind of like auto pilot. i'll still have to be in the driver seat, you have to be able to take over that car but you'll be driving safer, it will find the right routes to get you there in the least amount of traffic. nissan is driving it around the streets of japan, stand works. so they say you'll be able to buy a driverless cars. there is a lot of driversless stuff already.
they'll have a full car for. >> you what else are you looking at for us for the program at 7:00 from the detroit auto show. >> reporter: as you know, detroit like seattle, buffalo they're border towns with canada being the big hat in america, we'll talk about how the canadian economy and the american economy play in to each other. >> ali velshi on "real money" at 7:00 p.m. on al jazeera america. the more you talk to your kids when they're young, the better their economic status will be later in life. on average children in wealthy households hear about 30 million more words than those in families on welfare. it is known as the 30 million word gap. 52% of children living at poverty level and below have a family member who sings to them or tells them stories. that jumps to 74% for children living 200% above the poverty level. only 32% of children at the poverty level have someone to read to them. compared to 55% of children who
are above the poverty level. diane estherbrook is in chicago with news of a program using words to bridge the economic gap. >> why? >> ans esha, her four-year-old daughter, at the test, even at snack time. the 25-year-old single mom learned how to improve her daughter's vocabulary through a pilot program called 30 million words. the name comes from the word gap that researchers say sometimes exists between higher income kids who interact with their parents, and lower income kids who sometimes don't. the program helps those kids improve their vocabulary by teaching them different ways to talk to them. a. device like a pedometer, measures the amount of words
kids learn. >> i want to say about the fifth or sixth week my daughter called something ridiculous. it was like, who are you talking to? >> it takes avillage. >> a pediatric surgeon developed 30 million words after noticing some of her low income patients didn't progress as well as others following surgery. >> the realized the difference i was seeing in my patients had nothing to do with their hearing loss but rather the language environment they were being exposed to early on. that difference almost always fell along socio-economic lines. >> the progress mid by research, they found that three-year-olds who interacted more with their parents and were exposed to more words were better prepared for kindergarten and tended to be better readers later. tracking results from they are project and found a directed
correlation between parent-child interaction and the number of words the toddlers use. >> she really increased her numbers. it went down a little bit, went up a little bit, but pretty much double ready she started. >> reporter: she admits a strong sovocabulary will guarantee success in school, but she does believe it will leep them. >> people in west virginia are getting the okay to turn on their faucets but hundreds of thousands more are coming up on a week without safe tap water. we'll speak to one of them that's next. and ugly words from israel. the country's defense minister calls secretary of state john kerry messy and obsessive. produce more, better. so we -- we are talking about
stories. pollpoll will reopen for egypt's vote for the constitutional referendum. 11 people have decide between suprem security and pro. >> governor chris christie said that mistakes were made and they let down the people they were entrusted to serve. but the political pay back traffic scandal does not define his team or the state of new jersey. a student in ro roswell, new mexico, open fired on two students. police say a staff member asked the shooter to drop the shut gun at one point, which he did. the shooter is now in custody. no word on the motive. thousands of west virginia
whose water was contaminated by a chemical leak last week is now allowed to use t but hundreds of thousands are still without tap water. the government in the area is allowing people to slowly turn back on the water. jonathan martin is there with the latest. >> officials here in west virginia say it will be a few days before all residents are allowed to the tap water again. they believe it now meets federal standards. they're allowing residents to use their water again going in different phases going zone by zone, but first they're asking people to flush out their systems for 20 minutes. some will now bathe the water, they may wash dishes, but they're not ready to drink it. the governor said it's too early to determine the financial impact of this crisis. 18 lawsuit have been filed, some
seeking class action status. there was also a retraining order placed against them to keep them from removing materials or documents for the investigation. >> joining us from west virgin virginia, a dunbar west virginia resident who has been without water since the ban was announced. good to see you. first of all, how are you doing? how are you managing? this is coming up on a week, right? >> we're getting close. i came home on thursday to a robo call saying don't use your water. don't touch your water. your water is your enemy. >> yes. >> and we've been without running water since then. you're allowed to flush your toilet. that's about it. >> how have you been getting by? >> well, on friday i was able to get two whole gallons of water.
>> gee, that's not much. >> on saturday i was able to get a case of water, but you use it very sparingly. one of the things i've been doing if i wash dishes i use the spray bottle because i don't want to run the whole tap, and it is a good excuse not to do my dishes, as you can see. >> stop, just stop. hey, let me ask you something, i see the faucet and the spigot is all tied up there. why do you have it jerry rigged there? >> i tied a towel and i covered all of my bathroom sinks. using water is such a habit. o i'm cooking dinner for my daughter. i have things on my hands, i'm going to warn it. i found if i didn't do something like that, tying the sink up, i was going to use the water. it's just a habit. water is a habit. >> elizabeth, i'm going to put this map up here-- >> and i haven't--
>> what were you about to say? >> i was going to say that you do things like tie your faucets up. >> i see your city there, boone, it's such a small area that we're seeing. the blue means that the water is safe. the red, water not safe. >> i'm in dunbar, which is red. >> dunbar is red. where were you in relation to the blue, where the water is safe. >> to be honest, i'm not that far from some blue water, but i'm in the west relay which starts really skinny and funnels out and takes in a big territory, which i'm afraid going to mean if it takes a big area that has to be flushed, that i'm going to be drinking my bottled water and spraying my dishes with a spray bottle for a
while more, which is--it's just hard when you have kids. it's hard when you have kids. >> how many children do you have? >> to be camping in your own house. i have one daughter, ten years old, and so-- >> that's easy. >> no, because they're used to just using water hover they wa want. >> and create messes you don't want to clean up. >> sure, she's ten. has the city told you when you're going to be able to use the water again? >> they don't tell anyone anything. they bring up an area, and then everyone in that area is going to running their water full blast for 20 minutes. what happens is when they open an area they don't know what it's going to do to the water pressure. after they open an area and everybody puts their faucets on full blast for 20 minutes, they have to see what happens. sometimes, for example, when they brought up some place
really big, it effects the water pressure in the whole system, then they have to wait for it to rebound. then it slows everything down. >> you're not going to use it right away, are you. even once you get the go-head, the all clear, aren't you going to be hesitant? >> i'm a mom. my daughter is not drinking this water for a while. i figure that i will probably be willing to wash my dishes, and do some things like that. do cleaning things, but we're going to be drinking and cooking with bottled water. i wouldn't be surprised if i felt nervous enough that i'm drinking and cooking with bottled water for a couple of weeks. they say that it's this really minuscule .00 amount, but because no one ever intended this to go into drinking water they don't know what the long-term effects are.
>> elizabeth, hang in there. >> thank you. >> ride this thing out. figure out a way to get all the water that you need, and ride this out. maybe they'll do testing, and maybe they can get this turned on and give a bit of confidence, elizabeth, i appreciate it. >> i have my fingers crossed, thank you. >> pleasure talking to you. something dangerous and almost unbelievable is taking place in mexico today. the mexican government said it will do whatever it takes to restore order after vigilantes began taking on a drug cartel in southwest mexico. we have more now from mexico city. >> reporter: heavily armed men in southwestern mexico are now a common sight. over the past year so-called self defense groups have liberated dozens of towns from a drug cartel known as the knights templar. they said they needed to take the law in their own hands because the government or
wouldn't protect them. but on monday the interior minister anouned that mexico's federal government intends to restore order in the troubled state. >> we call self defense groups to go back to their towns. the government will take care of the safety of the communities. therefore we invite them to cooperate with the authorities by sharing all the information. they have to stop the criminals. >> the president's government sent thousands of troops to the troubled region in the past year, but the security situation has continued to deteriorate. on sunday a fierce gun battle broke out between the vigilantes and the drug gang in the town. the shootout lasted for hours but only one man was reported injured. just two days earlier residents in another town set cars and trucks on fire protesting the arrival of vigilantes. the townspeople say they oppose
them because there aren't recruiting young men. the federal government's announcement suggests its ready to take action but storming the vigilantes won't be easy. they say they refuse to attend negotiations unless the drug cartel an arrested. >> arresash har quaraishi has m. >> it's unknown how many of these self vigilante groups exist. it's been a complex situation for the president who vowed not to follow in the footsteps of his brea predecessor.
he is discussed plans for paramilitary force between 10,000 and 12,000 to be deployed to areas hardest hit, but that plan has not materialized as of yet. adding to the complexity analysts say it's unclear who these anti-vigilanty groups are. they could be gangs or individuals are personal vendettas. since the drug war began in 2006 more than 60,000 people have been killed over the last decade. the u.s. has spent $20 billion to combat drug trafficking, a very complex and costly battle. >> ash har quaraishi, thank you. bill to extend the unemployment benefits has been blocked in the senate. republicans and democrats failed to reach a bill extending benefits to the long-term unemployed. the senate has until this week to pass the bill restoring the
bionts. benefits. >> israeli foreign minister called secretary of state john kerry messy and obsessive. >> reporter: there is no sign of a breakthrough in the latest round of palestinian-israeli peace talks. but the process is a waste of time and blames the u.s. secretary of state. according to israel's largest newspaper, he apparently said during a private conversation. >> american secretary of state john kerry who turned up here determined in messianic fervor cannot tell me anything. >> is no negotiations with with the palestinians. americans are holding
negotiations with us in parallel with the palestinians. we're the only ones who give anything. >> reporter: the obama administration was not pleased. >> we have found the remarks offensive and inappropriate given all the things the united states has done to support securitisrael's security needs l continue to do so. >> he apologized, h he said, quote, didn't mean to cause any offense. he doesn't like the u.s. drafted security plan that would rely on high tech equipment to protect the border between israel and independent palestine. prime minister benjamin netanyahu did not come on tuesday. accused of damaging the two countries relationships.
>> in iraq prime minister nouri al maliki wants to avoid more fighting and give local sunni muslim tribes, fighters in iraq took control of falluja falluj ramadi. the rise and security follows the killing of ms. venezuela, and her ex-husband by a gang. their deaths prompted demands reduction in the country's crime rate. venezuela has the second crime rate after honduras. the volcano had been dormant
for 400 years, but it is now on the highest alert level. indonesia lies on the pacific ring of fire. with nearly 130 active volcanos, more than any other country. french president hollande said now is not the time during a news conference but brushed off comments about his private life. >> françois hollande wanted to use this news christians to relaunch his presidency, layout his ambitions for the french economy and layout france's place on world. >> if france wants to keep it's lace in europe and keep in control of its destiny. it must find economic strength. >> above all the president didn't want the news conference
to be about his personal life but that was the subject of the very first question he had to answer. >> everyone in his private life can go through difficult times. that's our case. there are painful moments but i have one principle, and that is a private business is dealt with privately, respectful of one's private life. now is not the moment to do so. >> reporter: there has been speculation in the media about how the president would deflect questions on his personal life. opinion polls suggests his alleged affair has not had much impact on his popularity, but that popularity is already very low. this was a president on the defensive. defensive on the economy and defensive on his personal life. this can hardly be the fresh start that he had hoped for. so françois hollande promised to
create jobs and reduce taxes, and will he still have a first lady? >> the news making it's way across the united states including a federal inquiry into fires and suvs. we'll look at that story and others. >> reporter: let's start in detroit, michigan, where the national transportation safety board is expanding it's invest into crie chrysler's suvs. they added the dodge durango to the investigation. a recall has not been ordered. chrysler is conducting it's own inquiry. state senator bruce burn said execution is cruel and unusual, and said firing squads
dress the problem of drug companies that refuse to sell drugs for use of execution. warner pleaded guilty for not paying taxes on money he had placed in swiss banks accounts. he said he felt shame and embarrassment for what he had done. the owners of the empire state building are suing against fashion photographer allen henson for taking photos of a topless model on the building's observation deck. he did not ask for permission for a photo shoop nor did he ask to take photos of a topless woman. and it was objectible because it is a family tourist attraction. they want $1.1 million.
henson said the views were so spectacular that he doesn't think that anyone noticed the model. i don't know, model, new york city. >> i appreciate you warning me but you warned me just a scoshe too late. you can soon pay more to access the internet. a look at a major court decision that will let it happen and what it will mean for services like netflix and amazon. that's coming up. plus the young woman who calls herself the muslim feminist. we'll get her point of view, and we'll see how she's starting a trend on social media. real reporting that brings you the world.
giving you a real global perspective like no other can. real reporting from around the world. this is what we do. al jazeera america. maria. >> it all started with a 22-year-old u.k. college student venting on twitter about the difficulty of identifying as a muslim feminist. sheer she writes. muslims tell you don't need feminism, then that sparked a whole conversation, being accused of not being a real feminist, and of not being a good muslim at the same time. when some men cry about the life of a muslim feminist, because they hurt their feelings. who else is tired of being told you don't need to get an education, your husband will protect and provide for you. now i spoke to the woman
behind this #, here is why she said she started it. >> it's about saying >> a jazeera america is the only news channel that brings you live news at the top of every hour >> here are the headlines at this hour breaking news... sports... business... weather... live news...every hour, on the hour only on al jazeera america
>> an u.s. appeals court made a ruling today that could reshape internet access to entertainment, news and other online content, making you pay more. this ruling does away with this whole away with net neutrality, which the president is still in favorability to enforce net neutrality on verizon and others
>> this started a whole new discussion saying she's not a real feminist and not a good muslim at the same time:raquel wrote: >> i spoke to the woman behind the hashtag. this is why she started this. >> for a the muslim feminist, it's not saying there is patriarch in the religion. it's about our rights. we know our rights. we're quite aware of our rights. we're seeing a big difference between the rights that we're entitled to and what is actually happening in reality. >> and she also tweeted this, when i created the hashtag, i honestly never thought it would
>> hello, i'm going to take you to the other side of the world at this hour because we have a very important story talking about here. notice on the satellite image from the philippines all the way down to indonesia, we're looking at clouds here. this is part of the monsoonal flow that we see this time of year. tony took you to indonesia before, i'm going to take to you jakarta where we're looking at massive flooding going on was that region. right now 32 people are dead, 46,000 people have been evacuated from this area. now, in the philippines do you remember typhoon, the dead deatl
is at 23 but the evacuated is 200,000 people. unfortunately the monsoonal rain across this region is not supposed to end until february. this is a normal event. but formerly it is devastating. here across the united states we'll watch what is happening across the northern plains. last week we were talking about the polar vortex. we're looking at a similar situation with cold air coming in from canada. you can see snow showers going across parts of the great lakes. temperatures are dropping, fargo is at 12. minneapolis is at 17 degrees. we do have watches and warnings in affect. a blizzard watch is in effect. winds at 60 to 70 mph. wind chills are well below
freezing. your headlines are up next. >> this is al jazeera america live from new york city. i'm tony harris is a book at today's top stories. egyptians went to the polls to approve a new constitution that would solidify the military's control over the government. supporters of morsi are boycotting the two-day vote. and new jersey governor chris christie spoke briefly about recent scandals about the his state of the state, he speaks about what appears to be a politically motivated traffic closure. restaurant reopen in downtown whic west virginia. many